There are many factors that go into choosing the right tires for your vehicle. These include the quality of the materials used, the price, and the warranty.
There are a variety of brands to choose from. According to Wikipedia, there are 85 tire companies that market 230 different types of tires all around the world.
In order to help you make an informed decision when it comes to choosing the right tires for your vehicle, we have created a list of eight questions. These questions will allow you to get a deeper understanding of the various factors that go into choosing the right tires for your vehicle.
1. HOW CAN I TELL IF IT’S TIME TO REPLACE MY TIRES?
If the amount of rubber on your vehicle's tires is still good, but your Lincoln's hair is covered, then it's time to replace them. If the tire has 2/32" of the rubber's natural wear, then it's considered legal to be bald, and this can lead to severely reduced traction and make your vehicle more dangerous on the road. Before you go to the tire dealer, it's important that you thoroughly study the various aspects of the tire purchase.
2. HOW IS A TIRE MADE?
The inner lining of a tire is made up of various materials and systems. Each tire has its own unique set of components, and they can feature up to 200 different types of materials. The steel belts that are around the inner liner are then layered with other materials, which provide additional strength and ride quality.
3. WHY ARE SOME TIRES MORE EXPENSIVE THAN OTHERS?
The price of tires goes up due to various factors, such as the raw materials used to make them, the design of new materials, and the development of new production methods. Even the most sensitive details about the manufacturing process are kept under wraps.
These components can affect the performance of your tires when it comes to handling and stopping in different driving conditions. High-quality materials and better designs can lead to better prices.
4. HOW DO TIRES AFFECT FUEL ECONOMY?
One of the most critical factors you should consider when choosing tires is their fuel efficiency. According to experts, drivers can expect a 15 to 20% difference in their vehicle's fuel economy with the choice of the right tires. Proper inflation can also help boost the efficiency of your tires.
5. ARE TIRES CATEGORIZED BY TYPE OF VEHICLE OR BY DRIVING CONDITIONS?
The four types of tires are winter, all-season, highway, and traction. If you live in a warm climate area such as Tucson, which gets occasional rain but rarely gets ice or snow, all-season or highway tires are a good choice. If you're in the mountains or near Mount Lemmon in northern Arizona, snow-rated tires might be a better option.
For hunters and weekend warriors who enjoy off-roading and camping, all-terrain tires are a good choice. These are great if you're planning on traveling on dirt roads or if you're pulling a boat for a weekend getaway. However, they might not be ideal if you have a long drive ahead of you.
Specialty tires are also available for various vehicles, such as SUVs and trucks. These are designed for off-roading and driving in the mud. A knowledgeable dealer can help you find the right product for your specific needs.
6. IS THERE A DOWNSIDE TO CHANGING OUT BIGGER OR SMALLER TIRES IN PLACE OF STOCK TIRES?
Upsizing or downsizing tires can be a fun way to change your ride’s look…but it could impact their overall performance.
Your vehicle's speed will typically read slower when you change to a taller tire as the lower revolutions per mile will reduce the amount of information that you'll be able to read. In addition, you may experience more road noise and a different feel to your vehicle's handling. Lowering the profile of your vehicle by using smaller tires can also affect how much clearance you have and how well you can clear the road.
Before you change out your wheels, it’s important to speak with a tire professional about the various advantages and disadvantages of each type. He or she will be able to explain the differences between the different sizes and how they will affect your vehicle's performance.
7. CAN I REPLACE ONE TIRE WITH A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT MODEL OF TIRE?
It’s recommended to replace your tires in pairs, especially if your vehicle has all-wheel drive. Before doing so, make sure that the owner's manual has recommendations for new tires. Even small differences between the sizes and types of tires can lead to serious problems.
Changing out one tire can cause issues such as a pull in the steering wheel or other handling problems.
There are tight tolerances for all-wheel-drive vehicles.
A large gap between the recommended tire sizes and the actual depth of the tires can affect various parts of your vehicle. It's also important to check the owner's manual for recommendations on this issue.
Getting the right tires can be a relatively easy task once you have the necessary knowledge about them. If you're still unsure which type of tires would be ideal for your vehicle, you can always ask your local Jack Furrier Auto Care or Tire store for advice. For over 50 years, the professionals at Jack Furrier have been providing Southern Arizona with high-quality tires.